Background: Dispensing and administering H1N1 immunization to citizens has been a planning and logistical challenge. A partnership between the
Setting: Large community drive-thru held at a football stadium parking lot.
Population: Adults and children in targeted populations seeking immunization at a large community-wide drive-thru immunization program.
Project Description: On November 11-12, 2009 a community-wide H1N1 immunization point of dispensing (POD) was held consisting of a drive-thru with ten separate lanes and a walk-up tent. During those two days, a total of 19,079 vaccines were administered with 12,613 (66.1%) being administered via drive-thru. Multidose vials of vaccine had been used to prefill individual syringes by
Results/Lessons Learned:Throughput for each lane ranged from 60-100 individuals per hour. All marked doses were utilized within two hours of release from the refrigerated environment. . No errors in vaccine management or handling were identified. Adequate maintenance of the cold chain was verified.. Color coding methods assisted with separation of vaccine manufacturers and doses and enabled rapid documentation. Walkie-talkie communication enabled communication between nurses and the vaccine controller and supported maintenance of the cold chain.